The Beacons Way
Why not explore the National Park using The Beacons Way?
The Beacons Way walk offers some of the best views the National Park has to offer. If you want to complete the whole 152km (95 mile) walk it takes eight days, or you can do it one day at a time at your convenience. Some days are more challenging than others so you can choose what suits you and maybe set yourself a challenge to build up to the more strenuous days.
Beacons Way was first established in 2005 by John Sansom. He was a keen walker and a key member of the Brecon Beacons Park Society. Since its inception numerous walkers have enjoyed the route, taking in the breath-taking vistas that it offers. The route of the Beacons Way is designed to present this beautiful part of Wales in the very best possible light. It is an area of high hills, deep valleys and expansive moorland.
Please note that the route shown in this Guide was revised in 2016. Previous versions are shown on older OS maps and care should be taken to follow the new route.A Route Guide is available in the National Park's visitor and information centres or by post.
Beacons Way is an iconic walk which runs the length of the Brecon Beacons National Park. It is a challenging route, but well within the reaches of a fit and competent hill walker. Demanding uphill climbs and undulating ridges give spectacular views of the National Park, its varied landscapes and its wildlife.
The trail often goes off the beaten track taking routes into back country not usually explored by the average walker. The route has limited waymarking, especially on open hill and moorland sections, meaning navigation skills will be required, but the rewards are great – new visitas and new experiences are awaiting the explorer prepared to put in the effort. Day lengths vary from 14 to 23km, often with significant height gain, so be prepared for a challenging route needing fitness and careful planning. This is particularly true in the west where accommodation is much scarcer and the use of taxis or public transport may be needed. Unless you are a very experienced winter hill-walker, you should plan your walk during the summer when more daylight is available and weather conditions more forgiving. The timings for each day have been calculated based on an average walking speed of 4.5km per hour.
The Land of the Beacons Way
A new, fully-illustrated book by Dilys Harlow, describing the landscape and geology across the Brecon Beacons National Park as seen from the Beacons Way. Published by the South Wales Geologists Association and available to order for £7.95 from their website www.swga.org.uk. Also available from the National Park Visitor Centre.The book will also available from the National Park's visitor centres and from various bookshops, outdoor equipment shops and Tourist Information Centres in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
The Brecon Beacons Park Society (an independent membership organisation - not part of the National Park Authority) sometimes organises guided walks along the Beacons Way.
For more information about the Beacons Way, including details of occasional guided walks along the route, click here http://www.breconbeaconsparksociety.org/national-park/the-beacons-way/
Please follow the Countryside Code at all times.
The revision of the route in 2016 was grant aided by Welsh Government through Visit Wales.
You can buy the full Beacons Way booklet or download the Beacons Way route to your GPS device, from our online shop.
SAFETY AND GENERAL GUIDANCE
Beacons Way passes through several remote areas and great care should be ta...
The Beacons Way Day 1: The Holy Mountain to Llanthony
Start / Finish points:ABERGAVENNY TO LLANTHONY PRIORY Distance:20km Diffi...
The Beacons Way Day 2: Llanthony to Crickhowell
Start / Finish points:LLANTHONY PRIORY TO CRICKHOWELL Distance: 16kmm Di...
The Beacons Way Day 3: Crickhowell to Llangynidr
Start / Finish points: Crickhowel Distance: 19.5 km / 12.12 miles Difficu...
The Beacons Way Day 4: Llangynidr to Storey Arms
Start / Finish points: Brecon Beacons Distance: 23km Difficulty: ...
The Beacons Way Day 5: Storey Arms to Craig-y-Nos
Start / Finish points: Brecon Beacons Distance: 23.7 km / 14.73 mi...
The Beacons Way Day 6: Craig-y-Nos to Llanddeusant
Start / Finish points:Brecon Beacons Distance:14km Difficulty:Hard Ti...
The Beacons Way Day 7: Llanddeusant to Carreg Cennen Castle
Start / Finish points: Western Brecon Beacons Distance: 21.8 km / 13.55 mi...
The Beacons Way Day 8: Carreg Cennen Castle to Bethlehem
Start / Finish points: Western Brecon Beacons Distance: 16 km Difficulty:...